1:28pm PT by Graeme McMillan
DC to Revive 'Fables' Franchise With Comic Book 'Everafter'
What happens after the happy ending?
DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint stands poised to answer that question with the newly announced series Everafter: From the Pages of Fables, which will continue the mythology from the hugely successful Fables fairy tale series created by writer Bill Willingham and a host of artists, including Mark Buckingham and Lan Medina.
"We've always hated that feeling of getting to the end of a great book and wondering, 'But then what happened?'" said series co-writer Matthew Sturges in a statement. "Bill Willingham planted so many seeds in the final issue of Fables that it was impossible for us to let it lie." Everafter will be, in the words of Sturges' writing partner Dave Justus, "a spy thriller featuring a covert-ops team whose mission is to save this newly magical world from itself."
Sturges and Justus aren't new to the Fables franchise; both co-wrote the 2014-2015 comic book series Fables: The Wolf Among Us, based on the video game of the same name. Travis Moore, who worked on that series, will illustrate Everafter. Additionally, Sturges worked with Willingham on an earlier Fables spinoff, Jack of Fables.
The original Fables series, which launched in 2002, ran for 150 issues and launched a number of related series and graphic novels, including 1001 Nights of Snowfall, Fairest and two series repositioning Cinderella as a ruthless secret agent who works to keep fairy tale characters' existence secret from the everyday world.
Everafter: From the Pages of Fables launches in September.